Indiana State Police Conduct 1st Round of School Bus Inspections

Posted on August 3, 2016
Indiana Senior Trooper Tyler Van Ness inspects a Southwest Parke Community School Corp. bus on Tuesday.
Indiana Senior Trooper Tyler Van Ness inspects a Southwest Parke Community School Corp. bus on Tuesday.

PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. — The Indiana State Police completed its first round of annual school bus inspections here on Tuesday.

The inspections, conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division of the Indiana State Police, are required to transport students for the new school year.

Nearly 800 school buses were inspected within the Indiana State Police’s Putnamville District 53, which is composed of six counties: Parke, Vermillion, Vigo, Clay, Putnam, and Sullivan.

During the inspections, troopers examined such items as steering and braking components, drivetrain components, emergency exits, mirrors, tires, and stop arms.

The inspectors found some violations, mostly minor, and the affected school corporations were notified. In those cases, troopers said that the necessary repairs were made quickly, the buses were re-inspected, and annual inspection stickers for the buses were ultimately issued.

“While the majority of our buses are in great condition, the South Vermillion School Corporation was the only corporation where all of the buses passed during the first inspection for a 100% initial approval rating,” said Tyler Van Ness, senior trooper in the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

In addition to the school bus inspections, Van Ness audited the drug and alcohol compliance records for the school districts’ drivers and found no violations.

Indiana state school bus inspection results can be viewed here.

Related Topics: Indiana, inspections, law enforcement, school start

Comments ( 2 )
  • Alvin

     | about 3 years ago

    They should really do that in Illinois. Most school buses out here kind of look bad!

  • See all comments
More Stories

LED Lens Heating System

The Maxxheat series of LED headlamps and stop, tail, and turn lights feature a microprocessor that automatically initiates the lens heating system when the outside air temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Kirk Dawson has been named vice president and general manager, the Americas, for Vehicle Service Group, parent company of 13 equipment brands, including Rotary.

Vehicle Service Group Names New Vice President

Kirk Dawson becomes the new vice president and general manager, the Americas, effective Dec. 1. He takes over the role from Matt Webster, who is retiring after 35 years with the company.


King Pin Kits

The new line of TRP No-Ream King Pin Kits are available in multiple-diameter lengths, and are designed to fit many makes of buses.


Handheld LED Work Light

The handheld LED Audio Light is rechargeable and has a 90-degree rotating bracket with a magnet that enables the lamp to be securely attached to any metal surface.


Inground Lift Adapter Kits

Two new adapter kits, tailored for Stertil-Koni’s inground scissor and piston lifts, can offer more efficient lifting by engaging the front and rear lifting points on vehicles.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!